Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Reluctance or an inability to make up one's mind; irresolution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The inability to decide on a course of action, especially if two or more possibilities exist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of decision; lack of settled purpose, or of firmness; indetermination; wavering of mind; irresolution; vacillation; hesitation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Waut of decision; vacillation of purpose; irresolution.
  • n. Synonyms Irresolution, etc. (see decision); vacillation, hesitation, uncertainty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action
  • n. the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose

Etymologies

From French ind├ęcision. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What the Don says about Obama's indecision is true, but the reason why it is true is because of the fickle nature of his democratic collegues. ray

    Giuliani backs Rubio, rips into Obama

  • Sandy paused in indecision, till suddenly the fact that he was

    THE PRIESTLY PREROGATIVE

  • She paused in indecision, neither seeing nor being seen.

    CHAPTER XV

  • The CIA character "begs for the green light to capture or kill the al Qaeda chieftain, but the line goes dead, suggesting that Berger and his colleagues, including Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, frozen in indecision, had hung up on the CIA man."

    9/11

  • It makes it sound like indecision is an exceptional circumstance, when it may in fact be quite commonplace.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Actually, I think this indecision is part of the game of much strange fiction.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Hovering with indecision is common as Clarice Lispector plays out authorial thoughts mediated through her narrator and all in front of her reader.

    The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector

  • Or, would they perhaps have wrung their hands in indecision like a smartly bearded and soft-handed political science professor about whether or not the "chase" was fair to the deer or whether they were obligated to intervene in the certain death of the deer in this situation like others in this forum?

    Is Shooting a Locked Buck Ethical?

  • And this indecision is conveyed in the equivocations and qualifications of the narrative voice.

    Javier Marias

  • Sandy paused in indecision, till suddenly the fact that he was Langham's ` man 'dawned upon him.

    The Priestly Prerogative

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